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Fredi Washington (1903–1994)

Fredi Washington was a pioneering African-American actress whose fair skin and green eyes often were impediments to her showing her extraordinary acting skills. Her talent was often overlooked because of people's obsession with her race and color. In the few films in which she acted her enormous talent as an actress couldn't be hidden. Her first ... See full bio »

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Known For

Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life Peola Johnson
(1934)
The Emperor Jones
(1933)
Black and Tan
Black and Tan Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
(1929)
Ouanga
Ouanga Klili Gordon
(1936)

Filmography

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 1937 One Mile from Heaven
Flora Jackson
 1936 Ouanga
Klili Gordon
 1934 Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (Short)
Train Conductor's Wife
 1934 Mills Blue Rhythm Band (Short)
Dancer
 1930 Animal Crackers
House Party Guest (uncredited)
 1929 Black and Tan (Short)
Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
 1929 The Letter
Opium Den Dancer (uncredited)
 1922 Square Joe
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 1929 Black and Tan (Short) (performer: "Cotton Club Stomp")
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 2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video documentary)
 1990 That's Black Entertainment (Documentary)
Herself
 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1922-26) Stage: Appeared in "Shuffle Along" on Broadway. See more »

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Personal Quote:

I have never tried to pass for white and never had any desire. I am proud of my race. In Imitation of Life (1934), I was showing how a girl might feel under the circumstances but I am not showing how I felt. I was slightly uncomfortable while making the scene where I stood before the mirror asking, "Am I not white?" No person who strives to be the least bit intelligent should allow a thing like ... See more »

Trivia:

First husband was Lawrence Brown, a trombonist in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Following their divorce in 1951 she married Connecticut dentist Hugh Anthony Bell, and retired. She worked at the Stamford branch of Bloomingdale's from 1954 to 1980. See more »

Nickname:

The Dark Duse of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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